April 6, 2013
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IOWA CITY, Iowa — The University of Iowa softball team dropped an 11-1 decision in five innings to No. 19 Nebraska in the middle game of a three-game set on Saturday night at Pearl Field. The Huskers even the series at a game apiece, after the Hawkeyes won the opener Friday night, 6-2.
Play was stopped during the top of the fourth inning due to heavy rain and lightning in the area. Teams resumed play following almost a two hour rain delay. The game served as Iowa’s `Awareness Day.’
Nebraska (27-8, 5-2) struck first with four runs on six hits in the opening frame. Iowa pushed across a run in the bottom half. Senior Johnnie Dowling singled to open the inning and scored as Bradi Wall lined a double to left center.
The Husker offense added three in the second and a single tally in the third to extend its lead to 8-1. Following the rain delay, Nebraska posted a three-spot on four hits in the fourth to push the lead to 11-1.
Hawkeye starter Chelsea Lyon took the loss. The senior allowed seven runs on 11 hits in one inning. She faced five batters in the second inning before freshman Micaela Whitney entered in relief. She allowed four runs (three earned) on six hits in four complete innings.
Iowa (22-14, 2-6) was limited offensively by Nebraska starter Emily Lockman. The Hawkeyes, who had scored 24 runs in their last 11 innings entering the game, tallied one run on five hits against Lockman. She improves to 10-2 on the year.
“They are a quality ball club,” said UI head coach Marla Looper. “We knew they would be a different team today, and they were exactly that. We will get back at it tomorrow in the rubber match.”
The Hawkeyes and Huskers will conclude the series at 1 p.m. on Sunday. The game can be seen live on the Big Ten Digital Network via Hawkeye All-Access or video.BTN.com.
|#19 Nebraska 11, Iowa 1||1||2||3||4||5||R||H||E|
|Nebraska (27-8, 5-2)||4||3||1||3||0||11||17||1|
|Iowa (22-14, 2-6)||1||0||0||0||0||1||5||1|
|W: Emily Lockman (NEB) 10-2|
|L: Chelsea Lyon (IOWA) 8-7|